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The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen
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Feb 23, 2009

really liked it
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Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Illustrator: Paul Galdone

Genre: fiction, fairy tale

Publication Info: Houghton Mifflin (1979)

Reading Level: Ages 9-12; transitional

Topic/Theme: love, courage, imagination, loyalty, tragedy

Issues Addressed: bravery throughout the soldiers voyage to return to his true love, the paper ballerina; shows the tragedy that befalls the tin soldier after his voyage

Classroom Uses: independent reading, read aloud

Summary: A boy receives the gift of tin soldiers for his birthday, one of which only have one leg because there wasn't enough tin to finish him. All of the boy's toys come to life at midnight during the story. The tin soldier falls in love with the paper ballerina in the boy's room. A goblin warns the soldier not to stare at the ballerina, but he pays the goblin no mind. The next day, the soldier gets sent on a terrible voyage by accident. In the end, both the tin soldier and ballerina end up being burned in the coal stove.

Text and image: This is a classic fairy tale that has been reinvented by the great illustrations provided by Paul Galdone. The text is enhanced by the beautiful illustrations and they allow readers to follow along with the story. They closely match the text.

Literary Devices: imagery, personification (toys turn real)

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